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For other people named Robert Wrenn, see Robert Wrenn (disambiguation).
Robert Wrenn
Robert Bob Wrenn.jpg
Full name Robert Duffield Wrenn
Country (sports)  United States
Born September 20, 1873
Highland Park, IL, USA
Died November 21, 1925(1925-11-21) (aged 52)
New York, NY, USA
Retired 1903
Plays Left-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1955 (member page)
Highest ranking No. 1 (1897, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open W (1893, 1894, 1896, 1897)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1895)
Last updated on: September 17, 2012.
Robert "Bob" Wrenn

Robert "Bob" Duffield Wrenn (September 20, 1873 – November 21, 1925) was a former co-World No. 1 left-handed American tennis player, four-time U.S. singles championship winner, and one of the first inductees in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


Wrenn was born in Highland Park, Illinois. Wrenn attended Harvard University were he was a prominent quarterback on the football team. He won his tennis titles in 1893, 1894, 1896 and 1897 (losing out to Fred Hovey in 1895). In 1898, he was serving in Cuba with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish–American War. He contracted yellow fever while in Cuba.

Wrenn played for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1903 together with his brother George. In the final against the British Isles at the Longwood Cricket Club, Boston, MA they were defeated 1–4 and Wrenn lost both his singles matches against Reginald and Lawrence Doherty as well as the doubles against the Doherty brothers.[2]

He was arrested in 1914 when his chauffeur-driven car ran over and killed Herbert George Loveday, the choir director of St Mary's Church, in Tuxedo Park, New York.[3] Wrenn was exonerated.

Wrenn was vice-president of the United States Tennis Association from 1902 until 1911 and president from 1912 until 1915.[4] He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1955.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (4 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Score in final
Winner 1893 U.S. Championships United States Fred Hovey 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1894 U.S. Championships United Kingdom Manliff Goodbody 6–8, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1895 U.S. Championships United States Fred Hovey 3–6, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 1896 U.S. Championships United States Fred Hovey 7–5, 3–6, 6–0, 1–6, 6–1
Winner 1897 U.S. Championships United Kingdom Wilberforce Eaves 4–6, 8–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–2

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1895 U.S. Championships United States Malcolm Chace United States Clarence Hobart
United States Fred Hovey
7–5, 6–1, 8–6
Runner-up 1896 U.S. Championships United States Malcolm Chace United States Carr Neel
United States Sam Neel
3–6, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3, 1–6


  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 25.
  2. ^ "Davis Cup - Profile Robert Wrenn". ITF. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Exonerates R.D. Wrenn". The New York Times. May 21, 1914. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ USTA (1979). Bill Shannon, ed. Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (Rev. and updated 1st ed.). New York: Harper & Row. p. 379. ISBN 0060144785. 

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19 news items

The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:37:30 -0700

Corey Pavin set the tournament record for the largest winning margin in 1988, when he won by eight shots over Robert Wrenn. Eight players have won the Texas Open in wire-to-wire fashion, with Bob Estes the last to accomplish the feat in 1994.

The Independent

The Independent
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:18:45 -0800

However, Britain's Laurence and Reggie Doherty met the Americans George and Robert Wrenn in the 1903 final. Andy Murray and James Ward will be Britain's singles players, while the Americans sprang a surprise by naming Donald Young as their No 2 ...

Shelter Island Reporter

Shelter Island Reporter
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:08:56 -0800

COURTESY PHOTO | Viviene Gershon dressed in her Women's Royal Naval Service uniform in the early 1940s when she worked on a secret code breaking project. There's Hollywood. And then there's history. Islander Vivienne Gershon knows only a little ...
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:59:06 -0700

"That's the worst I've seen in 13 years," said Robert Wrenn, 33, a 13-year veteran and one-time captain of the volunteer West Babylon (L.I.) Fire Department. "I've seen some stuff, and the fact that she survived the night amazed me." Jie Xie, 57 ...
The Daily Advance
Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:05:15 -0700

The Food Bank of the Albemarle was the big winner at the Robert Wrenn Classic last year, receiving a check for $21,401. (l-r) Classic chairman Donald Payne, Classic sponsor chairman Johnny Rowe, skins champion Pug Taylor, and Food Bank of the ...
New York Times
Sun, 08 Jan 2012 13:31:54 -0800

TUCSON — The sun had fallen and a crowd had gathered on a chilly Sunday night on the mall at the University of Arizona, for the last event of a weekend commemorating the first anniversary of the mass shooting here one year ago. The vigil began with ...
Wake Forest University News Center
Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:37:30 -0700

Other pros included: Jay Haas, Scott Hoch, Bill Andrade, Kyle Reifers, Jay Sigel, Robert Wrenn, Laura Diaz, Morris Hatalsky and John Maginnes, along with basketball star Chris Paul. Simpson's team — he was paired with amateurs John Spanos, Todd ...
Mon, 23 Jun 2008 15:18:30 -0700

Only three other players -- Bobby Cole (1977), Robert Wrenn (1987) and Brian Bateman (2007) -- bagged their only Tour triumph at the Buick Open. But unlike the other three members of Warwick's "One-Win Club," the reason the Buick Open means so much ...

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